There’s a drive-through for almost everything these days but when you hit — um, make that attend at — the Moore Avenue Loblaws just remember you have to leave your car in the parking lot. As one harried Loblaws staffer said: “This is the third time someone has driven through those windows.” Never mind, when it comes to supermarket hazards we still rate the free flying grocery cart to be number one. It also rates number one for food moving violations too when customers decide to wheel the cart home and somehow, it just gets forgotten there.
A postscript to the post below on the arena groundreaking tomorrow morning: John Oakley is confirmed as MC and Valumart is providing the complimentary BBQ. Earlier post today.
| Travis Brandon Baumgartner
The stunning events of last night in Edmonton became even more incredible today as police named a fellow employee of the slain security company guards as a suspect in their brazen killing. Police released a photo of a “person of interest” in the G4S armoured truck hit that killed three guards and left a fourth critically injured at the University of Alberta’s HUB Mall. Travis Brandon Baumgartner, 21, is believed to be one of several employees of G4S Cash Solutions Canada who was at the HUB Thursday night. He is believed to be in a dark blue Ford F-150 pick-up truck with AB plate ZRE 724.
The brazen killing of three employees of G4S cash delivery service has shocked Edmonton and the country. A student (inset) heard the gunfire — one shot followed by several more — that took the lives of the three, two men and a woman. A fourth crew member was critically wounded. The student said he heard someone saying “Hurry, hurry” as well as moans and cries, apparently from the injured and dying employees. The four were found in a small room behind a cash machine that they had apparently been servicing at the HUB mall on the University of Alberta campus. They had either been forced in there by their killer or taken refuge. In what seems unusual in such robberies, the person or persons who committed the crime also stole the G4S truck. It has been found some 70 blocks from the crime scene not far from the G4S terminal. What might this mean for the prospect of an inside job? It is the first thing police think of when such a robbery occurs.
Road closures because of the Much Music Video Awards will complicate traffic downtown along and around Queen St West today, Saturday and Sunday.
Glass has fallen from a 25th floor balcony of the recently completed Boutique Condominium at 126 Simcoe Street. It fell more or less harmlessly on a couple of cars parked on the street. No one was injured. That’s the good news but it has to be said that there are still quite few similar panes of glass still up there. As in previous cases where Toronto has heard the pitter patter of falling glass, this incident has been received with a sort of innocent acceptance
Sounded like ice cubes
Workers at a hotel across the street said the sound of the glass hitting the vehicles was like someone throwing ice cubes. And for those of us in South Bayview it may seem far enough away. People here want to live in houses on a street with grass and trees outside, not in a glass sky-box with bits falling off. The prospect for those who merely want to walk downtown is thought-provoking. The job of cleaning up the falling glass threat seems enormous, given the number of such buildings.
If you live in one
And for those who actually live in them, there is this cautionary advice about the cost of maintenance from a real estate blog. “Replacing glass every 25 years or so certainly isn’t a new concept – but buildings have only recently been constructed with exteriors primarily consisting of glass. The biggest concern for owners of these properties is whether or not the maintenance fees adequately represent the depreciation of the glass. Given the reaction by stakeholders to this article we’re thinking that perhaps they do not. When future expenditures are generally known they can be properly accounted for in the monthly maintenance fees, if not the gap in funding can result in large increases in these costs and thus maintenance fees or a special assessment (lump sum) in order to fund expenses”.
Interesting article in Toromnto Life on De la Mer, the fish emporium on South Bayview.